Mr. Gay Syria: Q&A with activist Mahmoud Hassino and producer Ekin Çalışır

Mr. Gay Syria

Language: Engels

WHEN & WHERE?

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 15:45
Zaal 5, Filmhuis Den Haag
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Q&A with activist Mahmoud Hassino and producer Ekin Çalışır about the film and the support for Syrian LGBT refugees.

Q&A with activist Mahmoud Hassino and producer Ekin Çalışır about the film and the support for Syrian LGBT refugees. Mahmoud Hassino is Syrian and founder of the first Arabic online magazine for gays. We will talk about his work and the Mr. Gay Syria competition. The conversation will be moderated by Chris Belloni, director of the International Queer and Migrant Film Festival (IQMF).

In cooperation with IQMF before the film screening (at 15.00) we present the Queer Faces, Migrant Voices project in the presence of organisations that support LGBT’s (refugees) in the Netherlands.

‘I have been “out” since 2003,’ says Syrian gay rights activist Mahmoud Hassino. ‘I was fortunate to have the support of my mother and close friends. It was always amazing to have that love around me.’ Now, Hassino provides that same love and support in his work for Syrian LGBT refugees. ‘Why do I do this? Because I care.’Mahmoud Hassino is a Syrian journalist, gay rights activist and the founder of Syria’s first gay rights magazine, Mawaleh. Before the civil war started in his country, he became known as a blogger under the pseudonym ‘Syrian Gay Guy’. He fled Syria in 2011, when he no longer felt safe under the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. ‘But not because of my sexuality,’ he says. ‘It was because of my political involvement.’ Read more about Mahmoud Hassino and watch a short clip.